Fall 2021 Graduate Student Orientation Scheduled for Aug. 19-20

Welcome to Kent State University!

Graduate Student Orientation (GSO) is held prior to the start of fall and spring semesters for all new graduate students. 

GSO provides an opportunity to learn about university resources and network with other new graduate students, along with representatives of Kent State's faculty, staff and administration.

Fall 2021 GSO is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 19 for all new graduate students and Friday, Aug. 20 for all new teaching assistants. New teaching assistants who are also new graduate students are required to attend both days. Students have the option of attending an in person or live via a virtual version of GSO. Students can attend both days either in person or virtually regardless of if you registered for in person or virtual attendance. We understand plans change, so no need to inform us if you registered for in person, but now plan to attend virtually or vice versa. If you did not register, no worries you do not need to register in order to attend. You can find more information on how to join the in person and virtual GSO below.

Download the schedule for the In Person GSO

Download the links and instructions to join the Virtual GSO sessions.

Blackboard Course: After registering for GSO, within Blackboard Learn you will see “RESOURCE- Graduate Student Orientation 2021" under your courses. If you click on that course you will be directed to the course’s homepage and can find modules that inform you about important campus resources, services, policies, and a checklist of things to do before starting your graduate classes.

Videos for GSO: I encourage you to watch some brief videos on resource areas including University Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, University Libraries,  Research and Sponsored Programs, Information Technology, and more in our GSO presentation library.

GSO Schedule: Find more information on the GSO schedule and session offerings on the GSO schedule webpage. You can also find all the presentation slides and session handouts for GSO in this Google Drive folder.

Virtual GSO: Students can join GSO sessions via Microsoft Teams. Find all the links for the virtual sessions and instructions on how to join them live by reviewing the Virtual GSO handout.

In Person GSO: The in person GSO will be held in the Kent Student Center with sessions held on the 2nd and 3rd floor of the building. 

Parking:  Free parking during GSO is available in the “C- Campus Center” parking lot on Campus Center Dr., which is immediately before Summit St. Here is the Google Maps address to the parking lot: 1176 East Summit Street, Kent, Ohio, 44243 United States.   

Check-in: Students can check in at GSO by scanning a QR code with their phone to complete their check in when they arrive. You check in at any of the breakout sessions. There will also be registration table outside the Kent Student Center Ballroom on the 2nd floor that can assist you with checking if you have any issues checking in with the QR code or don’t have a smart phone.

On Friday, we will be hosting a trivia session at 11:20 a.m. in the Ballroom for anyone arriving early. Meet other new and current graduate students and win prizes by joining us for trivia!

Face Coverings: Face coverings are currently required indoors for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, on all Kent State campuses. Learn more about the campus safety regarding Covid-19 by reviewing the Flashes Safe Eight.

Questions about GSO can be directed to Kyle Reynolds at kreynol3@kent.edu.